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A Halloween Surprise in The Land of Witches and Pirates

Updated on May 12, 2011

Haunted Happenings

Do you like the astonishment you feel when something totally unexpected happens to you, like an unexpected surprise, or do you like something more chilling, provoking more fear and terror as in a scary halloween movie or tales of murder and revenge?

Well, I'm glad you asked because I am going to take you on a tour of Haunted Happenings, an American Halloween Festival known as the Ultimate Halloween Celebration in the World.

Come raise the devil if you dare for a halloween surprise and celebrate the "Ghosts, Spirits, and Demons" this halloween season in the bewitching seaport of Salem, Massachusetts. This colorful coastal city is attracting people from all points of the compass but is most widely known as the site of the Salem witchcraft trials of 1692. Are you spookable? Well then, you'd better keep an open mind and let your imagination set sail.

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"Stop here stranger, cast an eye

As you are now, so once was I

As I am now, so you must be

Prepare for Death and follow me"

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I'll Get You, MY PRETTY

The Salem Witch House

The House of Seven Gables

Witches and Pirates, OH MY!

A month of fun and halloween surprise brings a haunting life to this historical town and a glimpse into Salem's eerie past. If you don't believe in the supernatural you may have a change of mind after experiencing a spine-chilling reenactment of the witches trials inside the Salem witch house bringing you back to the seventeenth century.

The Witch House is the only structure still standing in Salem with direct ties to the 1692 Salem Witch Trials. In February 1692, three accused women were examined by Magistrates Jonathan Corwin and John Hathorne. John Hathorne, an ancestor of Nathaniel Hawthorne and author of "The House of Seven Gables", is buried in the Charter Street Old Burying Point.

Taking a tour through the oldest standing mansion in America, the House of Seven Gables offers a magical and mysterious glimpse into over 300 years of history. The House of Seven Gables served as the inspiration for Nathaniel Hawthorne's classic novel of the same name. His tortured characters and the spirit of John Hathorne, responsible for the condemnation of the accused witches of 1692, haunt the hallways and secret staircase seemingly bringing their spirits more alive during the month of October, when blood-curdling tours, such as "The Legacy of the Hanging Judge" and "Spirits of the Gables", bring a ghostly atmosphere to the historic mansion.

I've Always Liked You. But I've Changed Me Mind!

Pirate Ship

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The New England Pirates, and not the accused witches, were the little rascals and villains of 1692. In this old Salem town of rich maritime heritage you can board a full-length pirate ship and explore an 80-foot cave, where you may stumble upon a rascal or two. Inside the museum you can mingle with Captain Quelch and his crew, Blackbeard, Kidd and others who once prowled the Salem coast.

Experience the adventures of new England's sea-robbers and see artifacts from sunken ships and pirate treasures. A fascinating fun-filled adventure is your guarantee. Enjoy an interesting history lesson on local pirates and pirate lore that you won't soon forget in the scary world of Haunted Happenings.

The Haunted Happenings also offers a peak into witchcraft today or for a more thrilling halloween surprise you may take part in a ghostly seance.

Arrggghh! Witches in Salem

Arrggghh! Pirates in Salem

Salem Witch Trials Tercentenary Memorial

memorial dedicated in 1992
memorial dedicated in 1992

O Christian Martyr Who for Truth could die

When all about thee Owned the hideous lie!

The world, redeemed from superstition's sway,

Is breathing freer for thy sake today.

--Words written by John Greenleaf Whittier and inscribed on a monument marking the grave of Rebecca Nurse, one of the condemned "witches" of Salem.

Salem, Massachusetts

Won't you all come back to Salem's eerie atmosphere in the bewitched land of witches and pirates. Nobody celebrates Halloween quite like Salem, Massachusetts.

Have a Spooktacular Halloween season!

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Beware of Lucy Pelletier

Hocus Pocus....I Put A Spell on You!

Salem Visitors

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    • Dottie1 profile imageAUTHOR

      Dottie1 

      9 years ago from MA, USA

      Thank you Uninvited Writer....Salem really is a lot of fun! :)

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      Susan Keeping 

      9 years ago from Kitchener, Ontario

      Excellent hub, I'd love to go there one day.

    • Dottie1 profile imageAUTHOR

      Dottie1 

      10 years ago from MA, USA

      I thought so too Benson. Thanks for stopping by:)

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      Benson Yeung 

      10 years ago from Hong Kong

      that's a lot of fun.

    • Dottie1 profile imageAUTHOR

      Dottie1 

      10 years ago from MA, USA

      Thanks Marisue...lol...I'm glad too I didn't live there. The accused weren't even witches, they were Puritans and there they went too...poof! Hey Marisue, if I knew you were stopping by I would have taken you out to the "Dairy Witch" LOL :)

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      marisuewrites 

      10 years ago from USA

      Great haunts Dottie1 Boo-ya! LOL I'm so glad I did not live there in the days....ya know? Surely would hate to make anyone mad at you then....all it took was someone to say "you're a witch!" and there ya go.... poof!

      yikes. =) enjoyed it...

    • Dottie1 profile imageAUTHOR

      Dottie1 

      10 years ago from MA, USA

      You got a Boo Boo G-Ma! Here's a hug and a band-aid sweetie, now dry your tears:)

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      Merle Ann Johnson 

      10 years ago from NW in the land of the Free

      BOOOOOO BOOOOOO G-ma :o) hugs

    • Dottie1 profile imageAUTHOR

      Dottie1 

      10 years ago from MA, USA

      It is good to learn something new everyday. I appreciate your visit pcjunkychick and thanks for the complements.

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      pcjunkychick 

      10 years ago from OKC

      great hub I didn't know most of that!

      Thank you well done!

    • Dottie1 profile imageAUTHOR

      Dottie1 

      10 years ago from MA, USA

      Hope I didn't scare you too much G-Ma, wouldn't want to keep you up all night. You know how us women need our beauty rest! I always love your visits, hugs and more hugs for the scare:)

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      Merle Ann Johnson 

      10 years ago from NW in the land of the Free

      Good job my dear...but I am not into these kind s at all am a big scardie cat :o( oh my...oh dear hope I sleep tonight now...G-Ma :o) hugs ( p.s. Loved the cat)

    • Dottie1 profile imageAUTHOR

      Dottie1 

      10 years ago from MA, USA

      It's a great place and time to visit ripplemaker, just as the autumn leaves are beginning to turn into all their lovely colors.

      Lucy Pelletier the cat, is a Salem icon and makes daily patrols around town. He (Lucy is a he) is well-known to business owners, brings comfort to the local homeless population and enjoys barking with everyone. LOL Thanks for the visit:)

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      Michelle Simtoco 

      10 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      This is all very interesting Dottie! I enjoyed the trip to the Land of the Witches and Pirates. :) And a cat who barks??? Now that is spooky too. Have a scaaarrrry halloween wooooo wooooo wooooo... LOL

    • Dottie1 profile imageAUTHOR

      Dottie1 

      10 years ago from MA, USA

      It is a blast Christoph. It's nice of you to stop by and I will say hello to Lucy Pelletier for you!

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      Christoph Reilly 

      10 years ago from St. Louis

      Halloween in Salem seems like it would be a blast. Thanks for filling us in! (I think I know that barking cat)

    • Dottie1 profile imageAUTHOR

      Dottie1 

      10 years ago from MA, USA

      Glad you got a chance to visit Salem, NYLady. It really is a very fun fun place to visit and so much to see and learn about our history. Thanks for passing through and commenting.

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      NYLady 

      10 years ago from White Plains, NY

      Great hub, Dottie. Been there and it's great. My sister lives in Marblehead, so the proximity to Salem is very convenient. Love that place and the history behind it all.

    • Dottie1 profile imageAUTHOR

      Dottie1 

      10 years ago from MA, USA

      Thanks Bob, hope you enjoyed.

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      Bob Ewing 

      10 years ago from New Brunswick

      Thanks for the tour.

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